Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Review of Fang Me, by Parker Blue
The vampires want it. The demons want it, too. And someone is willing to kill Val for it.Val and Fang have to find the powerful Encyclopedia Magicka before either of San Antonio's warring underworld factions locate it or the consequences will be deadly for the entire city. As usual, Val's vampire enemies (they still call her The Slayer) want her dead. Even some of her fellow demons may be less than trustworthy, since they'd like to grab the legendary book of spells before she does. Val has a personal claim to the Encyclopedia--her demon father left it to her when he died--but someone stole it recently. And that can't be good.Battling vamps and dodging demons, Val struggles to unravel the mystery and find the thief. At the same time, she's fighting her attraction to sweet, sexy Shade--her favorite shadow demon. Rumor has it that Val will lose her part-demon, vampire-fighting powers if she gives herself to him.With a crowd of vamps and demons out to trick her or kill her, it's not a good time for her to risk her job as the city's best vampire hunter by falling in love. The stakes are high and aimed right at her heart. But Lola, Val's hungry little lust demon, doesn't like being denied. Will Lola finally get her way?What's a part-lust-demon-teen supposed to do? Whatever it takes. (From GoodReads)
Fang Me is the third installment in Parker Blue’s Demon Underground series. We once again have Val Shapiro fighting for the better good, and learning to co-exist with her succubus, Lola. As always, Val is having a hard time finding a balance with “feeding” Lola and maintaining control over her, and dealing with the guilt she feels when Lola gets out of hand. Val and Shade are becoming closer. And they are trying to walk a fine line with their healings and relationship because Val has learned that if she does “do the deed” with Shade, she will lose many of the powers that make her “The Slayer”. Even though Val has always wanted to be normal, she’s not sure she will ever be ready to give up those powers. Meanwhile, the Demon Underground is scrambling to find the Encyclopedia Magika before it falls into the wrong hands. And there is a new demon in town to help search for the books, Trevor. Val gets some serious bad vibes from Trevor, but everyone else loves him. Is Val just jealous? Or is she right about him?
Fang Me is a really short book. But it is packed with tons of action and fun. Val and Fang are their usual snarky selves, for which I am always grateful. Towards the end of the book, I was a little surprised by one of the big decisions Val makes. I really didn’t see that coming in this book. But Parker Blue managed to throw another situation in Val’s direction that helps her maintain her “Slayer-ish-ness”. I love that even when the book is action and tension-filled, it still maintains it’s light, funny tone. I thought Fang Me was a fun, entertaining read and I am looking very forward to reading Make Me when it comes out.
*I received Fang Me, part of the Demon Underground series, via NetGalley*